In the recent years, cultural and political self-reflection became a central characteristic in the work of HODWORKS both on the levels of direct verbalisation and complex abstraction. In the turbulent political climate Adrienn Hód and her co-creators are left with no other option but to constantly look for situations in which they can reflect upon the impossibility of the existential state of their company and individual artistic presence. In parallel with this fight they also set out to erase the traditional boundaries between the performer’s and the audience’s experiences in contemporary dance.
The three dancers of the new Hodworks piece are not fulfilled, confident or well rounded personas on stage. In Another Dance Show their frustrations are expressed through subversive and grotesque situations. They address the questions of vulnerability, the desire of success and their craving for acknowledgment in an undisguised, frontal and ironical manner. They are capable of anything for survival on stage even if it takes extreme measures. The series of failure games that the three dancers live through in the spotlight are not only linked to the cultural-political climate but are also expressed through such theatrical ways that highlight their personal existential struggles as well. In the end the fear and joy derived from the performers’ trials will lead not only to further questions, but might result in a contemporary dance that is not simply performed by the dancers but rather shared by them with the audience surrounding them.